Life long explorer of the world around me. Travels have taken me to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Iceland, and Ecuador. Many adventures in the weste...

Challenging and fun

Mt. Sneffels is a great hike in a spectacular setting! I've only done 3 other 14ers, but this one is, by far, my favorite. Plus, it throws in that crux to make things interesting. Beautiful photos!

A Favorite Backpack In the Region

Three Ridges Loop became one of my favorite backpacking circuits in Virginia even before I finished it my first time. It's an outstanding hike with lots of variety... views, streams, waterfalls, wildflowers, great camping, and with enough elevation change to give a good workout. A friend visiting from Salt Lake City wanted to experience our hiking on the east coast; this was the hike we did. He loved it and was a bit surprised to find that it was much more challenging than he had expected compared to what he hikes out west. One of my favorite times to do this trail is middle to the end of April when the spring wildflowers are blooming. There's quite a variety, especially along Campbell Creek. In the lower camping area just beyond Harper's Creek Shelter, there were many Showy Orchids in full bloom. Great write up of this hike!